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Monday Night Football betting: Vikings at Giants

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (-3.5, 47.5)

The quarterback carousel continues to spin in Minnesota and the latest man up is newly acquired Josh Freeman, who will draw the start when the Vikings visit the winless New York Giants on Monday. Freeman, who opened the season with Tampa Bay and quickly fell out of favor, will be the third quarterback to start this season for Minnesota. Backup Matt Cassel failed to get the team into the end zone until the final minute in last week's 35-10 home loss to Carolina.

New York, one of three winless teams remaining, had an 11-day break between games following a 27-21 defeat at Chicago - a division rival of the Vikings - on Oct. 10. That marked the lowest point total allowed by the Giants, who have surrendered a staggering 34.8 points per game, dead last in the league. Eli Manning has thrown an NFL-high 15 interceptions - matching his number from last season - and is a big reason why the Giants have committed a league-worst 23 turnovers.

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE: The Giants opened as 2.5-point faves and are now -3.5. The total opened at 47 and is currently 47.5.

WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-50s with sunny skies. Wind will blow toward the N endzone at 5 mph.

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (1-4):
Freeman's elevation to starter appeared to be a formality once he was signed less than two weeks ago following his release by the Buccaneers. "He's done enough for us to say we want to give him this opportunity, which is something we had in mind when we acquired him," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. Freeman does have the luxury of leaning on standout running back Adrian Peterson, who is fourth in the league in rushing (483) but was limited to a season-low 62 yards last week following the death of his 2-year-old son two days earlier.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (0-6): New York is in the midst of its worst start since dropping nine in a row to start the 1976 season and the problems are widespread. Manning has been the biggest culprit in committing a stream of turnovers and that, combined with a non-existent running game, has placed inordinate pressure on a defense that sits at the bottom of the league with a mere five sacks. "Right now we're careless with the football and it strikes right at my gut because that's one of the things that we preach about the most," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

TRENDS:


* Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings in New York.
* Vikings are 0-5 ATS in their last five Monday games.
* Giants are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Over is 7-1 in Vikings last eight Monday games.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Giants RB Brandon Jacobs ran for 106 yards and two TDs last week but is dealing with a hamstring injury, necessitating the signing of RB Peyton Hillis.

2. Freeman threw for 27 TDs and more than 4,000 yards in 2012, but he completed only 45.7 percent of his passes with Tampa Bay this season.

3. The Giants ended a four-game losing streak in the series with a 21-3 win in December 2010, a game played at Detroit's Ford Field after snow caused the roof to collapse at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

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Posted by overpay
1 year ago

overpay breakdown: Ha ha!!!!........you didn't really think old overpay was going to break this game down did you!!....okay....that being said......let's talk a little about value. Any decent capper would not make a large play on this game......so were left to the degenerate gamblers to make up the money!........"DG's are you with me!!!!".....oh yeah!!!!....I know you are!!....so.....back to Value!.......There has got to be more inherant value with Minnosotta.....1. they are from Minnisotta. 2. They are the road team. 3. They don't have a QB with the last name Manning. 4. They get 3 1/2 points. ........what do you get with the Giants that make you want to back them???.....best thing I can come up with is simply to win a game on Monday night!....at least Sota can end up 2-4 if they win.....Giants will still be 1-6.....and 0-7 is probably what's going to happen.............with all of my "value" talk it's just value and I'm not releasing any plays on this one and advise a penny or less on this one.......The funny thing is.....is......I'm actually interested it seeing "a little" of this game for research purposes and then go back to watching my tappings of "boardwalk empire" and "homeland".
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
1 year ago

Jacobs unlikely to play, you have to give the edge to Vikings who will pin their ears back and pressure Manning without fear of a Giant run game. If rookie Michael Cox can step up and show he is ready for the lights of MNF, then perhaps the Giants have a shot, but rookie RBs starting their first game on MNF for a winless team are not great ways to invest your money. That being said, not sure I want to place my money in the hands of an outcasted QB starting for an offense that was introduced to him 2 weeks ago, on the road on Monday night. The choice is Adrian Peterson or Eli Manning......if I had to play, I would have to put my money on Peterson, but I will save my ammunition for better opportunities.
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Posted by bigbooze
1 year ago

100% agree my money is on AP
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Posted by DRE-DAY
1 year ago

Gmen need this win
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Posted by CRS
1 year ago

Garbage game, not worth even watching. I vote for "The Voice" more entertaining.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
1 year ago

"Jacobs unlikely to play, you have to give the edge to Vikings who will pin their ears back and pressure Manning without fear of a Giant run game. If rookie Michael Cox can step up and show he is ready for the lights of MNF, then perhaps the Giants h..."